Celebrating Love!


1. Camp Yachad Registration

Thursday May 16 is the last day of formal Yachad classes. From May 20 – June 5 we will transform into Camp Yachad, which is available for our 2nd through 5th graders who attend during the weekdays on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays. Students will have the opportunity to participate in Tikkun Olam as we work with the CBE Shelter to prepare our space and make delicious desserts and participate in fun camp style activities like crafts, sports and swimming. There is no additional cost for these 3 weeks of programming. Please register for Camp Yachad at this link by Thursday May 16!

2. End of Year Picnic! Saturday May 11, 11:30AM

Join us for our last Yachad Shabbat of the Year and End of Year Picnic on Saturday, May 11 from 11:30-1:00 in Prospect Park. All families should bring their own picnic baskets with lunch. Please note that Yachad classes will end early at 11:30 on this day- please pick up your child from their classroom at 11:30 to bring them to the park. Looking forward to celebrating the end of a great year with you!

3. CAMBA Toiletries & Socks Drive

CBE is gearing up for our annual summer respite shelter in partnership with CAMBA. Help us prepare by bringing new men’s socks and new men’s toiletries (deodorant, soap, shampoo, etc.) to the rotunda at CBE by May 16. Hotel and travel-sized bottles are especially useful!

4. Volunteering, CAMBA Respite Bed Shelter

The CBE Respite Bed Shelter will be open this year from Sunday, May 19 through Thursday, June 27, 2019. We host 12 male guests every night in the CBE Rotunda. We rely on volunteers to prepare, bring and serve a home-cooked buffet dinner and special desserts or breakfast muffins, and to stay overnight. Overnight volunteers are especially needed. Please click here to read more and to sign up. Questions? Please email Carol at Shelter@cbebk.org

5. Mama’s Day Bail Out: Family Advocacy Day | Sunday May 5 | Repair the World 808 Nostrand Ave

Repair the World is partnering with the Brooklyn Community Bail Fund for a day of family learning and advocacy. BCBF is the country’s largest bail fund and a leading voice in the movement to bring lasting, meaningful reform to the criminal legal system. “We will be engaging in age-appropriate facilitated play and learning around policing and incarceration. Our service project is packing materials for people recently released from jails. We will also be fundraising together to bail out as many Mamas and caregivers as we can so they can spend Mother’s Day with their families — where they belong!”

Parents are encouraged to join their 8 and under kids, but the middle school and teen events are exclusively for youth. Please sign up for the appropriate ticket.

10am-12pm: ages 8 and under

1:30pm-3:30pm: ages 11-13 (middle school)

5pm-7pm: ages 14-17 (teens)

Sign up for free at this link


6. Mitzvah Project Outreach

My name is Bess Adelson and for my mitzvah project I am collecting items needed by the young people at the Ali Forney Center. The Ali Forney Center provides LGBTQ+ youth with housing and support services to help them live and thrive. I will have a bin at the Mitzvah Fair to collect the specific items that they need, which include socks, art supplies, and travel size toiletries. This project is important to me because I want the teens at the Center to feel valid and thought about. 
The attached flyer contains more information about the Ali Forney Center, my project, and what and how to donate.  
Thank you! 
Bess Adelson

Jewish Studies

In Lauren & Anat’s Classes

This week, we learned about a Jewish holiday celebrated in Israel called Tu B’Av. This holiday is all about love. The students made Tu B’Av post cards which will be mailed to your homes in August.

In Michal’s Class

This week we talked about tu b’av, the holiday of love celebrated on Tu B’av (around August) in Israel. We talked about the meaning of the name and the special date. We made suncatchers inspired by Tifanny’s lamps and stained glass windows. We looked at images in the styles of art nouveau and Art Deco stained glass for inspiration. Each student chose their specific shape of suncatcher based on a special memory with a loved one they will gift this to.

HTM with Inbal

This week (and continuing next week) we have been focusing on Israel Independence Day! We talked about the Israeli flag, and learned how to draw it(!), and discussed traditional Israeli food. Throughout the class we learned the following vocabulary:
Flag – Degel – דגל
Start of David – Magen David – מגן דוד
Blue – Kahol – כחול
White – Lavan – לבן
Line – Kav – קו
Triangle – Meshulash – משולש
To draw – Le’tzayer – לצייר
Pita – פיתה
Hummus – חומוס
Falafel – פלאפל

HTM with Sharone

We are doing a small unit on Israel and focusing on Yom Atzmaut, Israel’s Independence Day. I spoke a little about my experience growing up in Israel and how wecelebrated the holiday (stopping, standing and reflecting at the sound of the siren and celebrating in the town’s streets with friends). We are learning how to follow Hebrew commands to draw the Israeli flag. On Tuesday, we focused on the following vocabulary words: degel (flag), degel yisrael (Israel flag), l’malah (up), l’matah (down) and b’emtzah (in the middle). We are also learning/reviewing the colors (kachol/blue, lavan/white) and shapes (meshulash/triangle, kav/line and magen david/Star of David) that are in the flag.